Easily one of the best central-midfielders in world football at the moment, Kroos was still at former club Bayern Munich when Moyes and United made their approach back in 2013.
And according to the Sunderland manager, Kroos had verbally agreed to make the move to the English Premier League, only for Moyes to be sacked several months before the transfer window re-opened.
Speaking via the Mirror, Moyes explained: “Toni Kroos was agreed to come in the summer. I had agreed it with Toni himself and his agent.
“Sometimes you don’t get deals done. Gareth Bale we were probably behind all along, Real Madrid were well in for it.
“The Cesc one was disappointing. It was very close. And Toni Kroos came up in January – it was done.
“A lot of players come into Manchester United and have not necessarily made the difference. But I think that, given time and having got to this period, I would have hoped I would be working with a successful team now.”
In the end, Kroos went on to sign for Real Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti, where he has won two Champions League titles in the previous three years, as well as playing a key role in his country winning the World Cup in 2014.
Moyes, on the other hand, made just one major summer signing during his time at OldTrafford, with Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini arriving from his former club Everton for £27.5m.
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